Design for Easy Disassembly and Easy Recycling

The recycling and reuse are considered during the design phase in order to improve the efficiency of resource usage and to facilitate circular economy. Through the easy disassembly for recycling, the consumer can update spare parts to accommodate with the usage when the product needs to upgrade for improving the computing performance, thus there is no need to replace the entire product. When the product failure occurs, it can be repaired and replaced with new components easily, extending the life of the product. When the product has to be eliminated, it can be classified by the recycling industry and thus reducing the processing costs for recycling and increasing the recycling value of waste electronic products.

A. Easy Recycling Design

  • Label plastic parts > 25 grams or > 100 mm2 in conformity with ISO 11469:2000
  • Make plastic material components > 100 grams with a single resin
  • Reduce the use of surface paintings or metal coatings that are not compatible with recycling or reuse on plastic parts >100 grams, or use the detachable coating treatment
  • Consider the use of postconsumer recycled plastic
  • Consider the use of recycled material
  • Consider the use of renewable/biobased material
  • Decrease the use of additive in the plastic
  • Avoid the use of glue-on or welding to join different materials
  • The back of the plastic parts should be without stickers or foam; if the sticker is necessary, it should be removable

B. Easy-Disassembly Design

  • Plastic parts > 25 grams could be manually separable by one person alone with commonly available tools into recyclable resin streams
  • The metals in plastic parts should be easily disassembled using common tools
  • The parts should be easily and safely disassembled
  • Use snap combination to the maximum extent possible, reduce using screw combination, stick combination and weld combination
  • Reduce screw categories
  • Product needs to be easily disassembled using common tools according to Annex II of EU WEEE Directive

C. Life Cycle Extension

  • Use modular design that can be easily disassembled using common tools
  • Components such as CPU (Central Processing Unit), memory, and interface card in the product should be easily disassembled using common tools
  • Consider extension of spare parts for the product
  • Use replaceable batteries in all portable devices. For maintenance information, visit http://www.asus.com/support/Article/604/
  • Consider extension of warranty for the product
    Customers can visit the following website to purchase warranty extension services: http://www.asus.com/support/Article/597/

To electronics recycling vendors: please contact ASUS for information regarding proper disassembly and handling of ASUS products.